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Kent Wayne Gottfried

Kent Gottfried, age 59, died January 30, 2018 at Providence Medford Medical Center.  He was born in 1959 in Portland, Oregon.


Kent’s passion was protecting his community and neighbors from harm and criminal activities.  He had many friends at various law enforcement agencies, and was highly influenced by his mentors from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.  Kent worked for several security companies throughout Oregon, gaining experience with each.  His greatest accomplishment was the security company, Jackson County Protection that he founded and operated throughout Jackson County.


Kent is survived by his son Eric Wright, daughter-in-law Jill, and grandson Caleb of Central Point.  He also leaves behind a sister and brother-in-law in Colorado.  He was preceded in death by his mother Bette Gottfried and father Wayne Gottfried.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Southern Oregon Humane Society of Medford. Perl Funeral Home will be handling arrangements. www.perlfuneralhome.com   Any questions please leave a message 1-303-485-1152.


Perl Funeral Home & Siskiyou Memorial Park

2100 Siskiyou Blvd

Medford, OR 97504


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Kent was 4th generation of the Thomas Givings Reames family of Jacksonville, Oregon. The Reames family originally settled in Jacksonville and Thomas Reames and Clarence Beekman and their wives became fast friends. They lived next door to each other and there was a tunnel built between the two houses.
Thomas Reames was the sheriff of Jacksonville and an entrepreneur with many interests. He and Clarence Beekman started the bank in Jacksonville. Sadly Thomas had a heart attack and died at the age of 40.

One of Thomas's sons, Charles Reames, was a well known attorney in Medford, Oregon. He, along with other members of his family, was instrumental in fighting the KKK throughout the state despite numerous death threats.

Charles and his wife Bessie, had three children, Carvel, Bette, and Thomas. Bette and her husband Wayne Gottfried were the parents of Kent.

Ginny Smith Mar 9 2018 12:00 AM